Obituaries for July 28

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Connor Stephens Pace

Connor Stephens Pace
Connor Stephens Pace

Connor Stephens Pace was born Nov. 19, 1988, and passed away June 22, 2016.  He was preceded in death by grandparents Ellen and Eugene Pace Jr., and Cecil and Juanita Stephens.  He is survived by his parents Timothy and Celia Pace of Lake Mary, Fla., brother and sister-in-law, Drs. Collier and Mary Ellen Pace of Richmond, Va.; sister, Cecily Pace of St. Cloud, Fla.; and aunt and uncle, Jeff and Mary Pace of Honolulu, Hawaii.

He graduated with honors from Trinity Preparatory School in Winter Park, Fla., and the University of Central Florida.  He had completed his first year of law school at the University of Florida and was working for the summer at Southern Legal Services in Gainesville, Fla. He enjoyed spending vacations with his family in Highlands, N.C. He also enjoyed fishing, soccer, helping others, and was a real animal lover.  He was looking forward to his legal career and will be deeply missed by family and friends.

A funeral was held at the Highlands United Methodist Church Monday, July 25, followed by burial at Highlands Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Association for Public Interest Law, Attn:  Associate Dean Rachel Inman, University of Florida, Levin College of Law, PO Box 117620, Gainesville, FL  32611 or to Cashiers Highlands Humane Society, PO Box 638, Cashiers, NC  28717.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Pace family.  Online condolences may be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Robert ‘Bob’ Wayne Sistik

Robert ‘Bob’ Wayne Sistik
Robert ‘Bob’ Wayne Sistik

Robert “Bob” Wayne Sistik, 61, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, July 21, 2016.

Born in Miami, Fla., he was the son of the late Philip Sistik and Doris Parrish Sistik. He loved the outdoors and living in the mountains; he enjoyed waterfalls, hiking, rafting and teaching others how to rappel. He was a member and elder of Sunset Church of Christ in Miami, Fla., and member of Discover Church of Franklin.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Julie Sistik; four children, Jake Markey and wife Danielle of Miami, Fla., Jessica Brown of Franklin, Adam Markey and wife Katie of Key Largo, Fla., and Joshua Sistik of Franklin; one brother, Michael Sistik of Highlands, N.C., and four grandchildren, Chloe Markey, Noah Markey, Zoey Brown and Alexandria Markey.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Florida.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Discover Church Franklin, Children’s Wing or Sunset Church Youth Group, Miami, Fla.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Jack Arthur Earling Jr.

Jack Arthur Earling Jr., 64, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Thursday, June 30, 2016.

Born in Trenton, N.J., he was the son of the late Jack Arthur Earling Sr., and Margaret Covert Earling. He was a U.S. Army veteran.

He is survived by his sister, JoAnn Stromberg of Edina, Minn.

Graveside services were held in Snow Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Macon Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

Alton Emerson Williamson

Alton Emerson Williamson, 64, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Monday, June 18, 2016.  He was born in Macon County, the son of Rose Lee Jones Williamson of Franklin and the late Herschel Williamson.  He was employed by Macon County for 17 years and Nantahala Lumber Company for 17 years.  He was a member of Central Baptist Church.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by two daughters, Rebecca Michele Henry of Franklin and Amanda Nicole Vernon (Robert) of Atlanta, Ga.; a sister, Lola Patsy Williamson of Sylva; a brother, Charles Lee “Chuck” Williamson (Lynn) of Raleigh and five grandchildren.

No services are planned at this time.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is serving the Williamson family.  Online condolences are available at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Mary Frances Summer Potts

Mary Frances Summer Potts, 79 of Highlands, N.C., passed away Monday, July 18, 2016.  She was born in Macon County, the daughter of the late Otto Francis Summer and Edwina Summer.  She was a homemaker, a devoted wife, mother and grandmother and a member of Shortoff Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Louis Eugene “Bud” Potts, who died in 2013.

She is survived by her daughter, Deborah Norman of Highlands; three grandchildren, Amber Morrow of Asheville, N.C., Kevin Chavis and Ashley Chavis both of Hope Mills, N.C.; two great grandsons, Jacob and Jayden and a great granddaughter, Chloe Annabelle Chavis; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Friday, July 22,  at Shortoff Baptist Church with Rev. Andy Cloer officiating.  Burial was in Highlands Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Four Seasons Hospice, 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock,  NC  28731 or to Shortoff Baptist Church, Buck Creek Road, Highlands, NC  28741.

Bryant-Grant Funeral and Crematory is serving the Potts family. Online condolences may be made at www.bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Linda Smoak Myers

Linda Smoak Myers
Linda Smoak Myers

Linda Smoak Myers, 76 of Highlands, N.C., passed away Tuesday, July 19, 2016.  She was born in Miami Springs, Fla., the daughter of the late Pearl Lott and Lila Dice Lott.  She was a homemaker and a very loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and sister. She was a very active member of Cashiers Baptist Church, including the van ministry, the choir and mission trips to Pennsylvania.   She was preceded in death by her first husband, Kenneth Smoak, five brothers, and two sisters.

She is survived by her second husband, Rodney Myers of Highlands; two daughters, Suzanne Smoak Roweton (Kenneth) of Highlands and Danielle Rice (Brad) of Cashiers, N.C.; a son, Thomas Kelly Smoak (Mary) of Honduras; grandchildren, Andrew Kenneth Everson, Kenneth Christian Smoak, Kenneth Edward Roweton Jr., Christina Roweton Mohammed, Karleigh Christian Smoak, Easton Rice, Brooke Rice and Sarah Durning; great grandchildren, McKenzie Claire Everson, Lila Kay Everson, Domonic Mohammed, Julian Mohammed and Olivia Mohammed; two sisters, Annabelle Markilin and Pat Anthony both of Ocala, Fla.

A funeral service was held Saturday, July 23, at Cashiers Baptist Church, with Rev. Scotty Patrick officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cashiers Baptist Church, Mission Ministry or Shoe Box Ministry, PO Box 336, Cashiers, NC  28717.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Myers family.  Online condolences may be made at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Rickie Joe Day

Rickie Joe Day
Rickie Joe Day

Rickie Joe Day, 60, of Glenville, N.C., passed away on Monday, July 18, 2016. He was born in Swain County, the son of the late Joe and Ruth Owenby Day. He was retired from the North Carolina State Highway Patrol and he loved hunting and fishing. He was a member of Briartown Baptist Church in Nantahala.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Kathy Ellison Day; one daughter, Sonya Felecia Day of Glenville; one son, Joey Day of Glenville; a granddaughter, Ella Day and a brother, Jerry Day of Sylva.

A memorial service was held Sunday, July 24, at Hamburg Baptist Church with Rev. Nathan Johnson and Rev. Johnny Norris officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Tribute Program, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38015‑1942.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Day family. Online condolences may be made at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Joyce Emily Harris

Joyce Emily Harris
Joyce Emily Harris

Joyce Emily Harris, 98, of Franklin, N.C., passed away Saturday, July 23, 2016.  She was born in Evansville, Ind., the daughter of the late Clarence and Priscilla Sieffert.  She was a school teacher, teaching kindergarten, and avid quilter, and had been awarded quilter of the year for Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild. She was a member of First United Methodist Church and was a church worker.  She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ross L. Harris who passed away in 2000; son, David L. Harris, who passed away in 1960, and brother, William Sieffert.

She is survived by her daughter, Gail Wooten (Robert) of Franklin; son, Danny Harris of Flowery Branch, Ga.; four grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Monday, Aug. 1, at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Bryant-Grant Funeral with Rev. David Beam officiating.  The family will receive friends following the service.

Bryant-Grant Funeral Home is serving the Harris family.  Online condolences may be made at bryantgrantfuneralhome.com.

Wallace Marvin Green

Wallace Marvin Green, 75, of Bean Station, Tenn., passed away Monday, July 25, 2016.

Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Jonas Green and Flora Mae Wykle Green.

He is survived by five brothers and sisters, Margaret McCall of Whittier, N.C., Homer Green and Raymond Green both of Franklin, Kathy Cabe of Canton, N.C., and Richard Green of Hinkley, Calif., and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, July 28, at Ridgecrest Baptist Church Cemetery. Rev. Steve Reeves will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 2-3 p.m. prior to the service at Macon Funeral Home.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.

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